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Kristina Axén Olin

Chair of the Board

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Kristina Axén Olin is the chairwoman of Junibacken, a museum for children and families inspired by the stories of Right Livelihood Award Foundation Laureate Astrid Lindgren.

She was deputy chairwoman of the Moderate Party from 2003 to 2009. From 2002-2008 she was the leader of the Moderate Party group in the Stockholm municipal council, and from 2006-2008 she served as Mayor of Stockholm.

Kristina is a music teacher and has been working as assistant principal of Maria Elementar school in Stockholm. She was Commissioner of Social Service in the Stockholm administration from 1998-2002. From 1999-2006, she served as chairwoman of the Stockholm County Police Authority.

Inger Davidson

Vice-Chair of the Board

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Inger Davidson is the chairperson of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) Sweden, chair of the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO and a board member of an NGO promoting social rehabilitation and habilitation (Skyddsvärnet).

She was a member of parliament from 1991-2010 and Minister for Civil Affairs in the Bildt government from 1991-1994.

In the 70s and 80s, Inger worked as a teacher. She was party secretary of the Christian Democratic party from 1989-1991, deputy chairwoman of her party from 1993-2003 and deputy leader of the Christian Democratic party group in parliament from 2009-2010.

As Minister for Civil Affairs, her responsibilities included state, county and municipality administration, social equality, consumer protection and youth.

Marika Hedin

Board member

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Marika Hedin is the Director of Gustavianum, Uppsala University museum, a position she has held since 2014. Gustavianum — Uppsala’s most visited museum — boasts large collections of art, archaeology and science history, and provides university-society collaborations, open collections and internships. Prior to this, Marika served as Director of The Vasa Museum for five years, and as Head of public programming at the Nobel Museum for 10 years. She holds a PhD in history and a D Tech h c, and focuses on material culture and cross-disciplinary dissemination of knowledge.

Arne Ruth

Board member

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Arne Ruth is a Swedish journalist and public intellectual.

He worked at the Swedish radio in the 1970s. From 1977-1982 he was the editor for culture of Expressen, and from 1982-1998 he was editor-in-chief of Dagens Nyheter, responsible for culture.

Arne is a member of the board of Civil Rights Defenders and has been the chairman of the Swedish PEN Club. He has received the “Stora Journalistpriset”, the Torgny Segerstedt Prize and the European Science Writer’s Award and has an honorary doctorate form the University of Gothenburg. 

Henrik Westander

Board member

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Henrik Westander works with media relations, advocacy and lobbying for the PR firm Westander, which he co-founded with his brother.

Previously, he worked within The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, where he reported the Bofors arms smuggling to the police and wrote books and opinion articles.

Henrik was named The Lobbyist of the Year in 1998 and has been appointed the “Swedish Champion of Debate in Dagens Nyheter” by SVT’s Media Magazine.

Inger Segelström

Co-opted to the Board

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Inger Segelström is the General Secretary of the Joint Committee of the Nordic Social Democratic Labour Movement.

From 1990-1994 she was Environment Secretary at the Association of Local Authorities in Stockholm County, and from 1992-1994 member of the Stockholm County Administrative Board. From 1995-2003, she served as chairwoman of the Swedish Social Democratic Women’s Federation.

Inger was a member of the Swedish parliament from 1994-2004 and of the European parliament from 2004-2009, where she served on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Anders Wijkman

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Anders Wijkman is a Swedish opinion leader and Co-President of the Club of Rome.

He was Secretary-General of the Swedish Red Cross from 1979-1988 and of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation from 1989-1991. He then became Director-General of the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries (1992-1994) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Policy Director of UNDP (1995-1997).

From 1999-2009, Anders was a Member of the European Parliament for the Christian Democrats, where he focused on issues related to climate change, the environment, development cooperation and humanitarian affairs. He has also been a member of the Swedish parliament. Anders is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a councillor for the World Future Council.